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Counselor engaged in sexualized behavior with inmate

On March 24, 2014, the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure formally reprimanded professional counselor Danielle Hackett and accepted the surrender of her license.

This action was based on findings that while providing counseling services to an inmate, Hackett engaged in a sexualized dual relationship with the inmate, including sharing personal information and engaging in sexualized, flirtatious telephone conversations with him.

NY psychiatrist Melvin Pisetzner loses license for sex with patient, etc. from ’70s on

On April 21, 2014, the New York State Department of Health revoked the license of psychiatrist Melvin Pisetzner for, among other things, gross negligence, gross incompetence failure to maintain records, relative to his treatment of five patients, going back to the 1970s.

Pisetzner conceded to the Health Dept’s criticism that he failed to document medications, dosages and rationales for prescribing, re-prescribing for long periods without office visits and summarizing multiple visits rather that documenting each one.

The Dept’s committee also unanimously sustained allegations that Pisetzner engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient and made unexplained and inappropriate payments to the patient, for whom he was unable product any records from the 1970s to 2000.

Psychiatrist James R. Jarmuskewicz busted for peeping bathroom stalls

A Bemidji (Minnesota) area doctor specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry faces a charge of being a Peeping Tom in Louisiana after allegedly spying on another person at a college men’s room.

Dr. James Richard Jarmuskewicz, 57, of Wilton was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of Peeping Tom on Monday. In Minnesota, the equivalent charge would be interference with privacy. In Louisiana, the charge is actually called Peeping Tom and carries a maximum penalty of not more than a $500 fine and imprisonment for not more than six months.

Jarmuskewicz was arrested Monday afternoon by Louisiana State University Police after a complainant informed campus police officers that Jarmuskewicz had spied on him under a bathroom stall.

Jarmuskewicz allegedly followed a man into a third floor restroom and layed down on the floor to look under the stall as the complainant was using the restroom in the Middleton Library on Sunday, according to an affidavit of probable cause from the 19th Judicial District Court in the Parish of East Baton Rouge.

The man gave the LSU police officer a physical and clothing description of the man who spied on him. Officers were not able to locate the suspect Sunday, but the same officer returned Monday and located Jarmuskewicz on surveillance cameras, the affidavit said. The officer tracked Jarmuskewicz moving from floor to floor and entering men’s restrooms multiple times, according to the affidavit.

Jarmuskewicz was taken into custody on the second floor of the Middleton Library on Monday. During a search, a mirror was located in his front pants pocket. Jarmuskewicz did not provide officers with an explanation for the mirror and denied looking under bathroom stalls, according to the affidavit.

According to court documents, Jarmuskewicz said he was in New Orleans to attend a professional conference and was in Baton Rouge to read at the LSU library.

Parish prison personnel told the Pioneer that Jarmuskewicz was released on a $5,000 bond Wednesday.

Jarmuskewicz is a board certified doctor in the state of Minnesota holding a physician and surgeon license since 1992, according to the Minnesota Health Licensing Board. He is in private practice in Bemidji. His license is valid through April 30, 2015. Jarmuskewicz holds sub-certification in psychiatry and neurology/child and adolescent psychiatry.

Jarmuskewicz graduated with a medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1984. He has practiced in Bemidji and Crookston since that time. Self-reported information to the Minnesota Health Licensing Board includes specialties in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, Ohio; general psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.

Source: Crystal Dey, “Bemidji doctor busted for bathroom peeping in Louisiana,” Bemidji Pioneer, May 2, 2014.

Psychologist Julian Gordon, stabbed at home, is registered sex offender

Dr. Julian Gordon, a one-time psychologist in the Oakland County (Michigan) court system, spent 13 years in prison for raping a boy he was supposed to be counseling, according to reports.

After he got out of prison, the state gave him back his license, though he had been fired from Oakland County’s probate court in the 1990s. Gordon, 56, told the state he was a “reformed man.” But now he faces new allegations, WXYZ reports.

Another man has made a claim that Gordon tried to sexually assault him after he got out of prison.

WXYZ reports that he was counseling Tony Esparza, 27, at Nardin Park Recovery Center. Esparza told WXYZ that he did not know of Gordon’s history.

Esparza said Gordon told him he could help him find a job if he moved in to his Waterford condo with him.

And one night, Esparza told WXYZ that Gordon got into bed with him and started touching him inappropriately, trying to have sex with him. WXYZ reports that Esparza said he fought him off with a knife.

Esparza has filed a compliant with the state for approving Gordon’s license reinstatement.

Gordon worked for Oakland County from September of 1989 to June 4, 1997, when as a senior psychologist he was terminated after criminal charges were filed against him, said Kevin Oeffner, circuit court administrator.

He was sentenced to prison by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Rae Lee Chabot.

Source: “Oakland County psychologist accused of sexual assault for second time,” Macomb Daily, May 23, 2014.

Mental health counselor flogged me, introduced me to sadomasochism, says Pasco woman

Eleven years ago, a Pasco County woman we will call Mary Jane was coping with the loss of a child and sought help from licensed mental health counselor Adam Glatt.

“I was feeling depressed and overwhelmed,” she said.

But instead of relieving her pain, Mary Jane told 8 on Your Side, Glatt quite literally inflicted it after taking her as his lover and introducing her into a sadomasochistic lifestyle she had never known.

Mary Jane was a survivor of childhood molestation and still suffered post-traumatic stress from the death of her 49-day-old newborn son three years earlier. “I was feeling lost,” she said.

Her marriage was broken, she’d lost custody of her two daughters and her job was in jeopardy when she discovered Glatt’s name on a list of counselors through an assistance program from her then employer. “That is how I met him,” she said.

After Mary Jane began counseling sessions, she claims that Glatt, who was married at the time, began introducing her to the fetish lifestyle he lived outside of the office. She says it seemed so intriguing she eventually became Glatt’s “slave” in a sexual relationship that lasted for years.

In 2006, three years after her first office visit, public records show Mary Jane moved into the Paradise Lakes nudist resort in a garage apartment adjacent to Glatt’s residence. That’s when Mary Jane claims the sexual relationship started along with the alternative lifestyle she’d never experienced before meeting Glatt.

“I followed in after Adam because I trusted him,” she said. “I found myself in a space of not knowing what to do, where to go.”

Glatt somehow convinced Mary Jane that having this sexual relationship would help her, public records show. “The way I could heal from being molested as a child was to engage in a sexual relationship with him,” she told 8 on Your Side.

Florida law makes it a crime for mental health counselors to have sex with clients. The Florida Department of Health, which licenses counselors, calls it “sexual misconduct,” and the counseling profession’s national code of ethics also bans it.

A Florida Department of Health complaint in 2012 formally accused Glatt of committing acts of sexual misconduct against Mary Jane, including flogging.

She claims he tied her to a “St Andrews’s Cross” he kept in his bedroom, beat her with a whip, and practiced other forms of domination while she served for five years as his “submissive” or sex slave.

A photo of Glatt front in front of the cross Mary Jane claims he kept in his bedroom is among the exhibits in the DOH complaint. “I would never have believed it myself if I had not lived through it,” she said.

In a letter in the DOH case file, Matt Haftel, an attorney representing Glatt, denied any wrongdoing by his client and insisted that Glatt never engaged “in any form of sexual behavior” with Mary Jane.

(READ the letter from Glatt’s attorney here & here)

In an apparent effort to challenge her credibility, Haftel listed a litany of irrational behaviors and mental problems suffered by Mary Jane.

But several witnesses interviewed by investigators supported her story and spoke of seeing Glatt and Mary Jane appear at social gatherings and parties as boyfriend-girlfriend.

One man reported seeing them engage in public sex during fetish lifestyle parties on “several different occasions.”

“He brought me to private dungeons but also to private parties,” Mary Jane said. “It wasn’t like we were hiding from people necessarily.”

Mary Jane showed 8 on Your Side a photo depicting her in a provocative pose with Glatt at what she describes as one of the annual “Fetish Con” gatherings they attended together in Tampa.

Mary Jane claims her sexual relationship with Glatt continued for about five years until they had a falling out in late 2011.

In October 2012, social worker Nikki Daniels ran the Family Justice Center in Tampa. She filed a complaint with the DOH alleging that Glatt had abused Mary Jane, violated laws banning sexual relationships between therapists and patients, and had threatened to disclose Mary Jane’s medical records.

(READ the administrative complaint here)

“Absolutely, there’s no way he should have been allowed to practice,” said Daniels. “That is so far beyond anything that can be construed as appropriate.”

State DOH Investigators spent five weeks checking out Mary Jane’s allegations of kinky sex, flogging, and abuse by Glatt. They gathered evidence, interviewed witnesses and wrapped up their inquiry the week before Christmas 2012. It seemed like a closed case.

But for the next 16 months, the case floated in limbo while Glatt’s license remained in good standing with Florida and untouched by any of the scandalous allegations raised by Daniels and Mary Jane.

There is no indication in state records suggesting why the investigation appears to have gone dormant for more than a year after DOH investigators finalized their report in December 2012.

(READ investigation documents here, here & here)

During that time there was not even a whisper of Glatt’s troubles on the Florida Department of Health licensing website. No hint anyone had accused him of doing anything illegal or improper in the course of his mental health practice.

The website showed Glatt’s license as active, with no complaints or discipline that might have raised questions or concerns by other patients, fellow practitioners, or the public.

Glatt moved to Virginia in early 2012, before the DOH investigation began.

Based on his clean Florida record, Glatt obtained a Virginia license so that he could open a practice in that state in a community near Richmond known as Midlothian.

After leaving Florida, Glatt practiced as a mental health counselor in Midlothian for nearly two years under his Virginia license.

Daniels thinks that’s wrong, given what she regards as Glatt’s abusive treatment of Mary Jane.

“Someone who is as dangerous as he is to be allowed to practice anywhere is absolutely unacceptable,” said Daniels.

In February of this year—16 months after Daniels first complained to the state–the DOH investigation started moving forward again without explanation. Department of Health administrative prosecutors in charge of disciplining licensed counselors like Glatts had finally set in motion the process that would lead to the loss of Glatt’s Florida license.

Two months later, on April 25, Glatt officially surrendered his license at a Tampa meeting of the State of Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling.

As part of his agreement with the DOH, Glatt “does not admit any wrongdoing whatsoever.” But he had to give up his right to practice in mental health counseling in Florida.

From start to finish, Glatt’s hearing that day lasted exactly one minute and 55 seconds. Glatt was not present and board members accepted Glatt’s “voluntary relinquishment” without uttering a single word of admonishment about his behavior.

The board chairwoman didn’t have much to say after the meeting either. “We’ve done our very best to protect the public’s interest in this matter,” said Mary Bridgman. ”The case is concluded and I have no further comment.”

Six days later, after receiving official notice of Florida’s action, Virginia suspended Glatt’s license to practice in that state based on the fact that Glatt’s Florida license is no longer valid.

18 months had passed since Daniels first reported Glatt for sexual misconduct.

Richard Samet, Glatt’s lawyer in Virginia, told 8 on Your Side he is preparing an appeal.

Samet told 8 on Your Side that Glatt will not discuss any allegations until he resolves the suspension of his Virginia license. Samet insisted Virginia’s suspension was automatic and no one in that state has made any finding of fault by his client.

Meanwhile, Mary Jane is savoring the notion that Glatt, for the moment at least, is not allowed to treat any mental health patients in Florida or Virginia.

“I’m smiling because it’s a victory for people who seek out mental health services. It’s a victory for all of us,” she said. “I would tell him there’s an extra warm spot in Hell waiting for him.”

Source: Mark Douglas, “Mental health counselor flogged me, introduced me to sadomasochism, says Pasco woman,” WFLA TV-8 (Tampa), May 21, 2014.

School psychologist among men arrested in teen sex sting

Four Sacramento-area men, including two who have worked professionally with children, were arrested on federal charges of trying to arrange a sexual rendezvous with a teenaged girl.

During a three-week operation, a Citrus Heights police detective assumed the persona of the teen in online meetings with the men, all of whom discussed graphic sexual details and arranged a meeting with “the teen.”

All four are being charged with the attempted enticement of a minor, a federal crime which carries a minimum prison sentence of 10 years. All but one are being held without bail in the Sacramento County Jail.

The accused include:

Cameron Lovell, 27, of Sacramento
Roger Bartlett, 66, of Roseville
Gerald Lowrance, 42, of Woodland
  Kevin Wood, 35, of Rancho Cordova

According to court documents, Lowrance has had an association with the Autistic Programs Foundation and was fingerprinted for employment by the Woodland Joint Unified School District.

News10 has confirmed that Wood is actively working as a psychologist with special needs children at the Amador County Office of Education.

According to the criminal complaint, when Wood was questioned by police at a Citrus Heights park where the meeting had been arranged, Wood initially denied plans to have sex with the teen.

Wood reportedly told police he was a counselor who worked with children and that he had come to the park to “mentor” the girl.

“It’s shocking, quite frankly,” Amador County Unified School District Superintendent Dick Glock said.

Glock said a Citrus Heights police detective called his office on Tuesday to explain why Wood wouldn’t be coming to work.

“At this time we don’t believe there’s been any inappropriate activity in the district,” Glock said. “But obviously it’s very early and that’s one of the things we’ll be checking.”

The Citrus Heights Police Department was planning a news conference Thursday to formally announce details of the online operation.

Source: George Warren, “4 Sacramento-area men arrested in online teen sex investigation,” KXTV ABC-10 (Sacramento), May 15, 2014.

Hey, Montana resident: Is Dr. William Peak your psychiatrist? Have a peek at this.

A Billings child and adolescent psychiatrist who was stripped of his medical license two years ago has been granted a lifetime probationary license to practice adult psychiatry.

“I was a good psychiatrist before,” Dr. James H. Peak told the state Board of Medical Examiners after its decision Friday in Big Sky. “I will be a better one now.”

Peak, 52, had petitioned the state Board of Medical Examiners to reinstate his license since January.

Reinstatement of his license comes with a string of conditions, including that he practice psychiatry only with patients 18 years and older, that he provide every patient with a declaration of who he is and what he has done and that he limit his practice to 30 hours of on-site work per week initially. He will not be allowed to see patients off-site, according to Michael Fanning, a lawyer with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

Peak, who has been unable to find employment, is expected to open a private practice.

The board in January postponed Peak’s request until March. The delay was designed to give Peak time to come up with a plan to demonstrate he will be supervised by an expert, specifically Dr. Thomas Van Dyk, a psychiatrist and medical director at the South Central Montana Regional Mental Health Center in Billings. Van Dyk has been one of Peak’s most ardent advocates and mentors.

Van Dyk said he was hoping Peak could join the staff at the Mental Health Center but the chairman of the board of directors was not receptive due to the negative publicity Peak’s situation has generated.

Bill Kennedy, chairman of the Mental Health Center board of directors, said nothing of the negative publicity surrounding Peak’s quest for reinstatement.

“We already have four psychiatrists on staff,” Kennedy said, adding that the most recent was hired in November. “We do not need another psychiatrist. We are full.”

Van Dyk will serve as Peak’s mentor and supervisor. As such he will review all of Peak’s patient charts and observe him with patients three to four hours per week for the first 90 days.

Another of his supporters has been Michael J. Ramirez, clinical coordinator for the Montana Professional Assistance Program, who calls Peak a “model participant” in the program. MPAP’s purpose is to address the problems of physicians or dentists whose ability to practice has been impaired because of sexual misconduct, substance abuse, psychiatric illness or other issues. Peak will be a lifetime participant in the program.

Peak served just less than 10 months in a Seattle federal prison after pleading guilty in August 2011 to possessing child pornography. He had been employed as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Billings Clinic since 1994.

Peak was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation in connection with his guilty plea.

Fanning said the federal probation sentence coupled with MPAP’s lifetime participation requirement will motivate Peak to comply with all conditions of his license reinstatement. If he does not comply, the response will be “swift and powerful.”

“We all hope that in time Dr. Peak demonstrates competency, safety and stability,” Fanning said. “Dr. Peak has been publicly humiliated. I have to admire him because the easy thing would have been to fade away. But his call to serve has outweighed the humiliation and embarrassment of what he has gone through.”

Since his release from prison, Peak has been working to restore not only his medical license but also his reputation and the trust he lost when his double life was exposed.

Since August, he has been volunteering 20 hours a week at the Mental Health Center in Billings, where he is helping update policies and procedures. He has had no contact with patients.

Source: Cindy Uken, “Peak’s medical license reinstated on ‘lifetime probationary’ status,” Billings Gazette, May 16, 2014.